When Life Doesn’t Make Sense

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My wife and I saw this bumper sticker when walking through a parking lot. It didn’t make sense to us so we took a picture.

I Saw A Werewolf With A Chinese Menu In His Hand

Since that time, this picture has always puzzled me.

With the help of Google, I discovered that it’s the first line to a classic song – “Werewolves of London” is a rock song composed by LeRoy Marinell, Waddy Wachtel, and Warren Zevon and performed by Zevon. It is included on Zevon’s 1978 album Excitable Boy produced by Jackson Browne.

But it still doesn’t make much sense to me.

I’ve learned in life that there are a lot of things that don’t make sense:

– I don’t understand why my dad died 30 years ago when I was 17 years old.
– I don’t understand why my nephew Andy was born prematurely at 26 weeks.
– I don’t understand why my sister died in January 2006 at age 37 from brain cancer leaving her husband to care for their five kids.
– I don’t understand the origins of our universe.
– I don’t understand certain things I read in the Bible.
– I don’t understand God’s grace and mercy to me, a sinner.
– I don’t understand why horrible things happen to people like Hurricane Katrina or Hurricane Sandy, or abortions, or sex trafficking, or genocide.
– I don’t understand how my heart keeps on beating.
– I don’t understand why Seattle doesn’t have a pro basketball team or why Los Angeles doesn’t have a pro football team.
– I don’t understand why I can’t hear as well as I used to hear.
– I don’t understand how America will ever pay back trillions of dollars of debt.
– I don’t understand my future.
– I don’t understand math problems any more.
– I don’t understand the need for an electoral college.
– I don’t understand racism.
– I don’t understand why my wife chose to marry me.

There are so many things that don’t make sense to me – and no matter how long I may ponder them and think about them, they still don’t make sense.

I’m sure there are things that you don’t understand and things that don’t make sense to you either.

What do you do when you can’t make any sense of your life or circumstances around you?

For me, I come back to 2 verses from Proverbs that I learned in elementary school.

Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”

This is my resolve when life doesn’t make sense: I will trust in the Lord. I will not lean on my own limited understanding to try to make sense of everything around me.

How about you?

What do you do when life doesn’t make sense?

Today’s Missional Challenge

Trust in the Lord and do not lean on your own understanding.

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Dave DeVries

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer, author and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. With 30+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches.